SOURCE: Tangerine Wellness

August 14, 2007 09:00 ET

Tangerine Wellness Implements Weight Management Program at Southworth International Group

Tangerine Improves Employee Health and Cuts Healthcare Costs

BOSTON, MA and PORTLAND, ME--(Marketwire - August 14, 2007) - Tangerine Wellness, the first incentive-based corporate wellness program that reduces the cost of healthcare for employers, has implemented its cost-saving program at Southworth International Group, the world's largest manufacturer of ergonomic material handling equipment and container handling equipment for vertical lifting and work positioning.

Like most companies today, Southworth International Group was faced with a workforce that was literally busting at the seams. Fully 69 percent of their 79 employees in the Falmouth, Maine, facility were classified as being overweight, which had an enormous impact on the cost of healthcare. With rising healthcare costs, Southworth International Group turned to Tangerine Wellness to provide an incentive-based weight management program that fully engages employees to lose weight, maintain their weight-loss and reduce the cost of healthcare. The Tangerine Wellness program started on July 2 and already has a 68 percent participation rate among employees. Employees who meet their goals are rewarded with cash incentives every quarter. The Tangerine program was offered to all Southworth International Group employees in the Falmouth, Maine, office.

"Southworth has already seen a great benefit from utilizing the Tangerine program. Nearly a month into the program, we've collectively lost 180 pounds and with such a high participation rate, our employees are demonstrating a strong interest in a healthier lifestyle," said Alison Spaulding, Southworth's Wellness Program Co-manager. "Because we can also participate on teams if we'd like, people are really supporting their team members and the competition is getting heated! Tangerine Wellness does a great job to complement our wellness program here at Southworth, by making weight-loss fun and rewarding."

"When an employer is behind a wellness program that not only benefits the health and well-being of their employees but also the health of their bottom line, everyone is a winner," said Aaron Day, CEO of Tangerine Wellness, whose firm recently helped a manufacturer save more than $60,000 a year in healthcare costs. "Wellness programs only work when employees have a choice in the type of weight management program that works best for them, the simplicity of recording vital health information online and the ability to communicate with participants in a social-networking setting. When an entire community is working toward the same goal, the results can be astounding."

The Tangerine Wellness program, which is a non-prescriptive approach to weight-loss and health improvement, focuses on the idea that not just one wellness program will work for everyone. Using Tangerine, employees earn cash and other rewards for losing weight. Employers lower healthcare costs and improve morale and productivity through Tangerine's customized, fully outsourced program that includes a suite of online and offline services. By offering cumulative rewards, and allowing participants to track their results online, Tangerine keeps the program interesting and easy for its participants.

For more information on Tangerine Wellness, please call (617) 248-8990 or visit www.tangerinewellness.com.

About Tangerine Wellness

Founded in 2004, Tangerine Wellness is the leading corporate weight-management program that directly rewards employees for losing weight and for maintaining a healthy weight. Tangerine's interactive weight-loss program has a direct and positive effect on employee healthcare costs, morale and productivity. Tangerine has successfully implemented programs in the manufacturing, financial services, healthcare and government/university entities that are translating into direct healthcare cost-savings. The company's collective leadership includes Sen. Bill Bradley and top executives with expertise in corporate wellness, healthcare and benefits administration. Tangerine is headquartered in Boston, with offices in Chicago, Houston and New York. Go to www.tangerinewellness.com for further information.

About Southworth International Group

Southworth Products Corp is the world's largest manufacturer of ergonomic material handling equipment and container handling equipment for vertical lifting and work positioning, designed to improve worker productivity while reducing the potential for workplace injuries. Southworth International Group headquarters is located in Falmouth, Maine with a manufacturing facility centrally located in Manila Arkansas. Additionally, Southworth is also represented in numerous other geographical areas with offices in Europe and Asia.

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